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simchamagic
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Hi!

In Maximum Entertainment p. 189 Weber speaks about the importance of the introduction and the various elements it could include (credits, awards...). He writes how it must be rehearsed with the person who'll say it and more.

My question - is all of this true also for a small gathering, such as a Dinner / 30-40 friends event / birthday party with just a close circle of friends, or in a case like this, something short on the lines of: "And now we have a special surprise, a magical experience! Welcome ___________ the Magician!"

Your insights will be appreciated,

Simcha
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I think it comes down to how much respect you want your audience to have for you before you go on!

Obviously you don't want it to sound arrogant but rather just have the feel of informing people who you are and what you've achieved.

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An introduction is important, but so are your opening remarks. And they can undo the damage of a bad introduction, or can supply an introduction if one is not made.
Personally I do not mention awards, achievements, etc in my introduction, as it can sound arrogant. Instead I have the MC say: Ladies and gentlemen we have a treat in store. One of Ireland's finest magicians. His magic has brought him all over Europe, and he is here to entertain us tonight. Please give a warm welcome to the mind master, the man who put the hyp in hypnosis, Tony... etc.
No introduction is preferable to a bad introduction which rambles, takes too long, and bores your audience before you even begin.
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For small groups I normal do the introductions myself. A simple Hi my name is ________ I will be performing for you this evening, I hope you enjoy what I have in store for you.

And then right into the act.

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On 2009-06-28 17:11, TonyB2009 wrote:
Personally I do not mention awards, achievements, etc in my introduction, as it can sound arrogant.


Hi Tony,
Well, since I was referenced at the start of this thread, I thought it appropriate to jump in here.
Yes, for many years I agreed with you in the sense that I didn't have my intro mention any specific acheivements. But as I did the research for my book, I realized that virtually every leading speaker on the speaking circuit, and most of the top people in our field, do in fact include awards and other achievements as part of the prepared introduction. Doing so lends credibility and "gravitas" to the stranger who is about to appear before the audience.

Ken
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In 30 years I've gotten a decent intro from whoever-it-is that's doing the introducing at a company event. They're not professional speakers & in most cases have never been in front of an audience or used a microphone before.
That being said it's better than walking out cold.
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On 2009-07-14 16:27, KWEBER wrote:
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On 2009-06-28 17:11, TonyB2009 wrote:
Personally I do not mention awards, achievements, etc in my introduction, as it can sound arrogant.


Hi Tony,
Well, since I was referenced at the start of this thread, I thought it appropriate to jump in here.
Yes, for many years I agreed with you in the sense that I didn't have my intro mention any specific acheivements. But as I did the research for my book, I realized that virtually every leading speaker on the speaking circuit, and most of the top people in our field, do in fact include awards and other achievements as part of the prepared introduction. Doing so lends credibility and "gravitas" to the stranger who is about to appear before the audience.

Ken


Would a recorded introduction be better or worse than none at all. Is it better than a live introduction done by whoever might be available?
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Yes, but not always possible.
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